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UWC 2020: A call for transformational change
Bowing to current COVID-19 realities but buoyed by the success of June’s virtual Annual Meeting, ANS event planners returned to the virtual realm for this year’s Utility Working Conference. Originally scheduled for August 9–12 at Marco Island, Fla., the condensed event was held Wednesday, August 11, wherever registrants’ computer devices happened to be located.
In addition to 26 educational sessions and workshops, UWC 2020 featured an opening plenary session titled “Achieving Transformational Change: A leadership discussion,” moderated by Bob Coward, MPR Associates principal officer and ANS past president (2017–2018). Plenary panelists included representatives from three utilities—Arizona Public Service (APS), Exelon, and Xcel Energy—plus the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO) and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
Javier Jaquez, Mike Farrell, Haibo Huang, Abbas Nikroo, Sean Regan, Kevin Fournier, Maria Alejandra Barrios Garcia, Frederic Perez
Fusion Science and Technology | Volume 70 | Number 2 | August-September 2016 | Pages 358-364
Technical Paper | dx.doi.org/10.13182/FST15-247
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In 2014/2015 at the Omega laser facility, several experiments took place to calibrate the National Ignition Facility (NIF) X-ray spectrometer (NXS), which is used for high-resolution time-resolved spectroscopic experiments at NIF. The spectrometer allows experimentalists to measure the X-ray energy emitted from high-energy targets, which is used to understand key data such as mixing of materials in highly compressed fuel. The purpose of the experiments at Omega was to obtain information on the instrument performance and to deliver an absolute photometric calibration of the NXS before it was deployed at NIF. The X-ray emission sources fabricated for instrument calibration were 1-mm fused silica spheres with precisely known alloy composition coatings of Si/Ag/Mo, Ti/Cr/Ag, Cr/Ni/Zn, and Zn/Zr, which have emission in the 2- to 18-keV range. Critical to the spectrometer calibration is a known atomic composition of elements with low uncertainty for each calibration sphere. This paper discusses the setup, fabrication, and precision metrology of these spheres as well as some interesting findings on the ternary magnetron-sputtered alloy structure.